Saturday, February 16, 2013

Great Horned Owl getting some TLC

We got a very emaciated great honed owl (ghow) in from Soldotna this week. It had a previously broken right leg that has healed in the wrong position. This makes the foot unusable for hunting. Its left foot is very swollen and cracked making it unusable for hunting also. This ghow was also infested with feather lice. Not unusual for a bird having trouble taking care of itself.

The lice was the easy part to take care of. Now we have to get the bird in a little more stable condition. Lori and Chris are giving the bird fluids and then tube feeding a special mixture of good stuff.

Fluids were given sub q in both leg pits to help the bird get rehydrated.

Then Chris tube fed carnivore mix to give it nutrients and hopefully in time we can switch it over to red meat. We score the sharpness of its keel on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best. This guy was definitely a 1 or less.

And then of course there's always paperwork to help keep track of a bird's care.

Keep your feathers crossed for this ghow. If you would like to donate to Bird TLC to help care for this owl, click on the donate button below.

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Monday, February 11, 2013

Ladies Night at Sportsman Warehouse 2013

Obviously, one of my favorite things to do, is to present a Bird TLC Education Bird. But if it's not my turn, my next favorite thing to do, is to watch other presenters in action. We have some awesome presenters that present some really cool birds. Even though I've been volunteering for almost 10 years, I learn some thing new at every presentation.

It was ladies night, but there was a pretty mixed crowd. The tables were crowded the whole time I was there with people asking every question you can think of.

The nice thing about all the questions was, our ladies had all the answers.

Even our own Dr. Karen Higgs couldn't stump Sharon while she presented Toto, the saw-whet owl.

Thanks Sportsman Warehouse for a fun night. For more photos, click here.
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